Earlier this month, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett seemed ready to run with whichever goalie was picking up points.

Backup Devan Dubnyk has done that, accounting for five of the team's seven points in December entering Saturday's game against the Ducks, but it doesn't sound like the Coyotes are going to let Dubnyk handle the starting duties exclusively.

"We're still unsettled there," Tippett said. "We need both of them to play well if we're going to have success."

Dubnyk earned the nod against the Ducks over Mike Smith because Dubnyk won the team's previous game — a 5-1 rout of the Oilers Tuesday before the three-day Christmas break — and has now started five of the Coyotes' past six games. Considering Dubnyk spent most of his career prior to joining the Coyotes as a No. 1 netminder, the extra workload isn't overwhelming.

"I also use the experience and familiarity of having played a lot of games in a row in small periods of time in the past and understand what I have to do to take care of myself, whether it's pregame skates or days in between," Dubnyk said. "I just remember what's important to make sure you're ready to play a lot and most importantly just try to enjoy it while it's happening."